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    Default Federation Of Indian Students Urge Australia’s Cricketers To Condemn Racist Attacks

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    Federation of Indian Students in Australia have asked the Australian cricketers to condemn racist attacks on Indians. Shane Warne and other cricket superstars on Monday were urged to break their silence on the latest assault on an Indian student in Australia.

    The spokesman for the Federation of Indian Students in Australia, Gautam Gupta made the request following the stabbing death on Saturday of 21-year-old accounting graduate Nitin Garg.

    "There is a lot of frustration within the Indian community with the way this is being handled," Gupta said, calling on Warne and other cricketing heroes who have made fortunes in India.

    Gupta said, “They should jump in and defend Indian students in Australia. Shane Warne is an icon in India. He has millions of fans."

    Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna described the killing as a "heinous crime on humanity", warning that the latest in a string of assaults would harm Australia's reputation as a safe place to study.

    Krishna said,"It certainly will have some bearing on the bilateral ties between our two countries.”

    Police investigating the stabbing in a Melbourne park say it is too early to describe it as a hate crime. The government has also declined to speculate on the motives.

    Education Minister Julia Gillard said,"This is a nation that welcomes international students. We want to make them welcome. This is a welcoming and accepting country."

    Australia has more than 90,000 Indian students with most of them hoping to gain permanent residency in the country.



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